To optimise the success of dental implants, it is imperative that it is supported by sufficient healthy bone in the jaw. However in some instances there is a loss or deficiency of jaw bone, which can be caused by shrinkage from tooth loss, gum disease, infection and in some cases injury or trauma.
In these situations you may require bone grafting procedure (also called Bone Augmentation) to add bone to your jaw before implants can be placed, or during implant placement. There are different types of bone graft such as synthetic bone substitutes, calcium phosphate derived from animal sources, human donor tissue, or your own bone (autograft). We recommend and use different types of bone graft depending on your preference, what is best suited to your case, and what is most likely to give you an optimal outcome predictably with the least disturbance.
Bone used in jaw bone grafting is often harvested (taken) from another part of the jaws. However in many cases and with good technique, bone substitutes can also create excellent outcomes. Consult one of our implant experts to see what bone grafting options may be best suited for your situation.